Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The First Day Of Snow

   Today marks our first snow for this winter. We only got a bit of a dusting, and it has all disappeared now but there was snow here when I awoke this morning at 6:30am. It seems that winter comes earlier every year. Our first snow day last year was October 25th. Last winter was the first winter we had snow on Christmas for two years. We children prayed for a white Christmas and we got a white Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Valentine's Day, and Easter. There is a debate on whether we had snow here for May Day and Mother's Day. I think we did but dad says he doesn't think so.
   This winter I am hoping that it won't be so long. A white December and January sounds great to me. But then again, there are people who are new to this area that may be praying like we did so we may just have another long winter. God will do as He sees fit.
   The farmers are out in the fields as much as they can be. Last week, in two and a half days, we got four inches of rain, I was told. All that rain made it nearly impossible to be in the fields. Now though the ground has hardened up so the combines, grain carts, and semi trucks are seen steady wherever there is still crops, mostly corn as I think the farmers took out all the soybeans already, in the fields.

The driveway and front yard

A corn field that was cut yesterday.

Monday, October 14, 2013

A Car Accident and Fall Harvest

   Car accidents... They are scary, they happen so fast, and they are real. Very real. I never thought I would ever be in one myself. I thought they only happened to people who drove crazy and broke the laws. But I was wrong.

  The car flipped three times with myself and my little brother in it. He was okay by the next day; up and playing again, almost like nothing happened. I am having problems with my neck, shoulders, lower back, and hips but hoping that I will be able to strengthen the areas that were damaged soon. The doctor said I had whiplash and that my neck muscles were strained. The chiropractor is working with me now. God was watching over us is all I can say.
   And fall harvest... Dad and the boys took the pick up out to the pumpkin patch and picked all the pumpkins and squash there. Then they harvested the rest of the vegetables from the garden. Then the garden was tilled up and "put to bed for the winter" as dad says. It looks wonderful.

   Today is a rainy dreary day. I'm sure we have had over an inch of rain already. If the rain would have came about six weeks ago it would have been wonderful for the crops. Now the rain is soaking the fields so the equipment used to harvest won't be able to go into the fields until the ground has dried out.
   Fall is indeed coming so out come all the sewing and needle projects. Last winter I finished a queen size quilt top. This year, I want to hand quilt it. And I have started five skirts and a jacket in the sewing department. I got fabric for another quilt, this one to be lap sized. I have a scarf to start and a sweater to finish in the knitting department. I also have a hat and vest to finish in the crocheting department. And if that isn't enough, I have a set of pillowcases to finish embroidering. So this winter I will not lack and projects! I wonder if I am the only one with lots of projects started and not so many finished...